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Certificate III in Animal Studies

  • National Course Code: ACM30117
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM30117-01V01-20YLH-999

Location – Yallah - Apprenticeship

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

6.5 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Animal Studies will turn your love of animals into a vibrant career, as you work towards being an assistant or sole business owner in the animal care industry. Provide world-class care, and collaborate with likeminded peers to nurture and care for animals.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • Maintain hygiene and infection control
  • Provide basic care to a range of companion animal species
  • Contribute to occupational health and safety processes
  • Meet animal nutrition requirements


Develop the personal qualities that will help you get ahead:

  • Collaboration skills
  • A passion for animal care and welfare
  • The ability to work in high pressure situations
  • A calm nature
  • A reasonable level of fitness to safely handle animals and manual lifting


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business

Career opportunities:

  • Animal care receptionist
  • Animal carer
  • Animal control and regulation assistant
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Animal attendant
  • Animal welfare officer


Demand for animal care workers is booming with growth driven by consumer expectations on how their furry companions should be cared for. These expectations are increasing demand for qualified, experienced workers. More than 85% of sector graduates secure employment after completing their training and this course equips you with the diverse skills you need to be ahead of the pack.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Have access to an animal care facility where you can gain hands-on skills
  • In some areas across NSW this course in in high demand. Depending on your campus location, you may need to go through an application process to secure your position


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


At TAFE NSW, we provide training that includes hands-on, practical experience. Work placement ensures you have the job ready skills to achieve competency in this course.

Depending on your location, you must secure a minimum of one day or 8 hours of work placement per week with a suitable industry employer, before enrolling this course.

Work placement can involve paid or volunteer arrangements. We recommend you chose a work placement that aligns with your career goals. For example, a veterinary clinic if you would like to be a veterinary nurse, or a pet shop assistant if you would like to work with companion pets.

The animal industry is highly competitive, to ensure you secure placement we suggest you visit the facilities you are interested in and introduce yourself with your resume in hand. TAFE NSW will cover your workplace insurance while you are actively enrolled and on placement. Further detailed information will be provided when you enrol.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • A passion for animals and their welfare
  • A reasonable level of fitness to handle animals and carry out manual lifting
  • Experience working with and caring for animals

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

You must have a current traineeship to complete this course.

To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.
Date: Wednesday 22 January 2020
Time: 9.00am till 12.00pm
Location: Yallah, Building A, Level 1, Room AF11


This course is currently scheduled for 1 day a week. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.

You are also required to complete approximately 16 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including a minimum of 8 hours of work experience (paid or voluntary) in the Animal Care industry. This will need to be confirmed prior to acceptance into the course.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Students that are interested in employment in the Animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.
    New Entrants to industry, existing workers wishing to receive a base qualification, school leavers and people returning to work

Alongside your course work you are required to complete a minimum of 8 hours per week of work experience (paid or voluntary) within the animal care industry. Practical skills are a key component to this course. Timetabled classes and workshops at our purpose built animal care facility at Yallah Campus - just down the road from Wollongong - can support students in practising skills but do not replace the requirement for work experience in an appropriate animal care facility. Students who are intending to progress to a Veterinary Nursing course will need some access to a Veterinary Hospital for the skills component of some units.

This course contains units focused specifically on Veterinary Nursing providing you with the skills and knowledge needed when starting off your career as a Veterinary Nurse and it will give you credits towards your Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse Certificate.
Potential careers from this course can include Animal care attendant in a Cattery, Boarding Kennel facility, Pet store or Shelters, Animal Rescue Assistant, Zoo and wildlife parks plus Veterinary Hospitals.

This is a Certificate III level course. Skills to study effectively include the ability to work on projects and or in a team, research information, follow instructions and communicate effectively.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

This course is currently scheduled for 1 day a week. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
ACMVET203 Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET201 Assist with veterinary nursing reception duties
ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Animal care receptionist and support officer
Animal control and regulation assistant
Animal health officer on indigenous communities
Animal shelter assistant
Assistant animal welfare officer

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

138 Marshall Mount Road, Yallah
Phone 131 601

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